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The President Has 'Chosen Fear' In Making His Border Security Case, Nancy Pelosi Says

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., pose for photographers after speaking on Capitol Hill in response President Donald Trump's address, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington.
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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer of N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of Calif., pose for photographers after speaking on Capitol Hill in response President Donald Trump's address, Tuesday, Jan. 8, 2019, in Washington.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer gave the Democratic response to President Donald Trump's remarks to the nation Tuesday night on his proposed wall on the U.S.-Mexico border.

Pelosi said in her rebuttal that "we all agree that we need to secure our borders," that the president has "chosen fear" in making the case to the American people for the border wall and that Democrats "want to start with the facts."

She noted that the House passed legislation to reopen government on the first day of the new Congress. But Trump rejects that legislation because it doesn't have funding for his border wall.

"The fact is, President Trump must stop holding the American people hostage, must stop manufacturing a crisis, and must reopen the government," she said.

Watch a replay of the Democratic response:

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Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer says President Donald Trump should reopen government while talks continue over the U.S.-Mexico border wall because there's "no excuse for hurting millions of Americans."

Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi delivered the Democratic response to Trump's Oval Office address Tuesday.

Schumer says Democrats and Republicans agree on the need to secure borders. But the New York Democrat says the "symbol of America should be the Statue of Liberty, not a 30-foot wall."

Schumer noted that Trump had promised to have Mexico pay for the wall. But he says having failed, Trump is now "unable to convince Congress or the American people to foot the bill."

Schumer says, "American democracy doesn't work that way. We don't govern by temper tantrum."